Hepatitis B - How is it prevented?

People over 25 years of age, may have not been vaccinated against hepatitis B through the National Immunisation Programme. Make sure you talk to your doctor about how you can get protection if you were born before 1988.1  NZ health authorities recommend that all residents of NZ be age-appropriately immunised against hepatitis B.1 

Hepatitis B is a vaccine-preventable disease, you should speak to your doctor or travel medicine specialist at least 6–8 weeks before you travel 5 to check if you are adequately protected against hepatitis B.

Engerix-B® is a vaccine to help protect people against hepatitis B and usually involves 3 doses. After the first injection, further injections are given one and six months later. Alternatively rapid schedule may be administered at 0, 1 and 2 months or 0, 7 and 21 days with a booster dose at 12 months after the first dose of either rapid schedule.10

Twinrix® is a combined hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccine is available and requires three doses at 0, 1 and 6 months. A rapid schedule may be administered at 0, 7 or 21 days, with a booster at 12 months.11  Twinrix is ideal for those people who need protection against hepatitis A and B infections.

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